James Norton Biography —
James Norton is and English film, TV, and stage actor best known for his award-winning role of criminal Tommy Lee Royce in the crime drama series Happy Valley. The role has also earned him a British Academy Television Award nomination.
Norton has also impressed audiences with his gripping performances in series such as Grantchester and McMafia. Born to a well-to-do teacher couple in Lambeth, he was educated in the elite Ampleforth College and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, before joining RADA.
Over the years, he has appeared in several films, such as Flatliners and Little Women, and series such as Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley, and Black Mirror.
He has done equally well in his stage career, appearing in plays such as The Lion in Winter, Belleville, Journey’s End, and A Little Life.
The actor suffers from Type 1 diabetes but has not let his condition hamper his acting career.
James Norton Age
James Geoffrey Ian on 18 July 1985 in Norton was born in Lambeth, London. He celebrated his 38th birthday in 2023.
Norton was educated at Bramcote Prep School (Scarborough College) in Scarborough until the age of 13 and Ampleforth College, an independent Roman Catholic (Benedictine) boarding school in the village of Ampleforth in North Yorkshire.
He did work experience at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough when he was 15. Starting in 2004, Norton read theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, graduating in 2007 with First Class Honours.
Norton received a Fitzwilliam Travel Grant to travel to Northern India, to teach and perform for schoolchildren at 16 schools. He has said his studies were principally focused on Hinduism and Buddhism.
Norton was a member of The Marlowe Society theatre club at Cambridge, and in 2007 he played Posthumus in a production of Cymbeline directed by Trevor Nunn for the society’s centenary.
Norton has said that he performed in many theatre productions while at university. Norton then attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London for three years, but left in 2010 six months before graduation to take an acting assignment.
James Norton Parents
Norton is the son of Hugh Biddulph Norton and Lavinia Jane Norman. His parents were both teachers; his father, who was born in Tanzania, was a lecturer at Hull School of Art and Design.
Though originally from London, Norton’s family lived in the town of Malton in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire. Norton, who grew up at the edge of the Howardian Hills in North Yorkshire, has described his childhood as “idyllic”.
His grandfather, Ian Norton, a colonial official in Tanganyika, was son of Hugh Ross Norton, OBE, Archdeacon of Sudbury from 1945 to 1962.
Ian’s wife, Jean (1923–2016), was daughter of Colonel Francis John Biddulph, of the Royal Engineers. The Biddulphs were a branch of an Irish landed gentry family.
James Norton Siblings
James Norton has one sibling, a sister named Jessica Norton. She is a doctor and was born in 19873.
Both James and Jessica were raised in North Yorkshire by their parents, who were both teachers.
James Norton Wife
Norton is not married but he is engaged to actress Imogen Poots. They met in 2017 while working on the play Belleville at London’s Donmar Warehouse.
They have been together for five years and live in Peckham, London. They have not revealed their wedding plans yet.
James Norton Kids
As of the time of writing (February 2024), Norton is yet to become a father and has no children.
James Norton Net worth
According to Idol net worth, James Norton has a net worth of around $6 million as of 2024.
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